National Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations was in Laxgalts’ap during the Special Chief’s Assembly this week.
During that time he gave a report to the assembly as National Chief.
In it he covered a wide range of issues, ranging from education, funding, missing and murdered Indigenous women, to Aboriginal issues on the federal, provincial and international stage.
But he says it’s funding that’s the most immediate and pressing issue that affects every other policy.
He says the AFN has a good relationship with the Trudeau government, but until the numbers in the upcoming federal budget are known, all the campaign promises of a new relationship with Aboriginals is just talk.
He adds there are so many different departments at the federal level that deal with Aboriginal issues, there needs to be a coordinated effort and strategy
Bellgarde says there are still too many misconceptions and stereotypes of Indigenous people in Canada, and the best way to combat that is education.
Bellgarde says ultimately he has hope for the future.
The Special Chiefs Assembly of the BC Assembly of First Nations was held in Laxgalts’ap from Monday to yesterday.